Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil likely to resign from Opposition leader’s post



Congress president Rahul Gandhi and former president Sonia Gandhi reportedly did not entertain Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil, leader of Opposition in the Maharashtra assembly over the exchange of Ahmednagar seat with Aurangabad. A Congress source from Delhi claimed Rahul Gandhi told Vikhe-Patil that for a single seat, the party cannot take on Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and allow to break the alliance.

At the end of the day, Dr Sujay, son of Vikhe-Patil is likely to join the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday in Mumbai. The Congress leader questioned when senior Vikhe-Patil will resign from the post of Leader of Opposition (LoP) in the state assembly. NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Monday said that Dr Sujay did not contribute in Congress-NCP alliance.

“The alliance will not be affected even if Dr Sujay will join the BJP as he has no contribution in the alliance. Let him join the ruling party, we will show him how the history will be repeated,” said Pawar in Pune on Monday. Pawar recalled that how they had defeated late Balasaheb Vikhe-Patil from the same constituency.

“We had once defeated Balasaheb. Hence, the claim that (Sujay) Vikhe-Patil can win the seat being baseless,” said Pawar. He further clarified that Ahmednagar seat will remain with the NCP and they will not exchange it with the Congress. mReacting on these developments, Dr Sujay, late in the evening warned Congress to offer him ticket of the Lok Sabha, else, he will choose alternate. He indicated that he will join the BJP.

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